Recently, the U.S. State Department raised the travel advisory to China to a Level 4. The World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee also declared the virus to be a global crisis. The WHO recognized “that the measures China has taken are good not only for that country but also for the rest of the world.”
We are not surprised that the numbers continue to rise. In fact, numbers will continue to rise over the next several days or possibly weeks until the outbreak peaks. This is part of the forecast of multiple health organizations including the Chinese National Health Commission, WHO, and the American CDC.
Partner schools continue to monitor safety levels and will not resume school until it is deemed safe to do so. Because the normal winter break is still in progress for 2-4 more weeks, some schools are announcing that there will be a delay, but have not determined an exact start date.
Many efforts are being taken to ensure the ongoing care of our teachers during this time. We continue to remember the people in China who have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus.